Protective Diagnosis - A Black Mother€™s Response to Structural Violence and Disability
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Expires on Sep 23, 2024
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit

During this webinar an African American mother's lived experience of having a child diagnosed with autism will be shared. The discussion will explore the impacts of the autism diagnosis as it relates to the parents' perception of social inequities and the impacts of such inequities on a child's life. The course will offer examples of structural violence that African Americans with disabilities encounter. To offer support to clinicians, engagement strategies will be shared to create equity in medical practices.


Recorded webinar, non-interactive, self-paced distance learning activity.

This presentation was recorded on August 25, 2021.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify social structures, racism and structural violence within the United States which adversely impacts Black families with disabled children
  • Assess the Black parent narrative that is created when children receive diagnosis using the DSM-5
  • Develop engagement strategies to use when working with African American families who have children with disabilities 

Target Audience

Physician (Non-psychiatrist), Physician Assistant, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, medical students, and other mental health professionals 

Instructional Level


Estimate Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour
Program Start Date: September 23, 2021 
Program End Date: September 23, 2024

How to Earn Credit

After evaluating the program, participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim an hour of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the event date and hours earned.   

Continuing Education Credit


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The APA designates this live event for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

All financial relationships relevant to this activity have been mitigated.


  • Stephanie Keeney Parks is a doctoral student at UCLA in the Department of Anthropology where she focuses on medical and linguistic anthropology. Stephanie is also the recipient of the prestigious Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship at UCLA. She received her Master’s degree in Medical Anthropology from Creighton University in Omaha Nebraska in 2017. Stephanie is a wife and the mother of two children; her oldest child is diagnosed with autism.


  • Tristan Gorrindo, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

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